India center-order batsman Shreyas Iyer made his mark in home circuit with his energy-hitting style of play. But the Mumbai teen had to wait some time to turn out to be a mainstay within the Indian cricket workforce. Despite making his ODI debut in 2017, Iyer was not in recognition to be picked as India’s no. four batsman final 12 months for the World Cup. But after a collection of splendid performances in opposition to Australia and New Zealand in the previous few months, Iyer has made the place his personal, and it appears like he will proceed to be India’s no. four for some time now.
Speaking to Cricbuzz on an episode of Spicy Pitch, Iyer talked about his frustrations of not being chosen and what modifications he had to make to get into recognition. “When I scored 1300 runs in the 2nd (domestic) season, I wasn’t picked in India team, where I was expected to be picked. I could see other players being selected and going beyond me, even though their performance wasn’t as great as me,” he recalled.
“I felt I should go and ask the selectors what’s wrong in me. So, I went and asked, they said, ‘you’re over aggressive player. At the highest level, if someone bowls a good bowl to you, you won’t be able to survive at that stage’. So, I thought, ‘let’s play the way they want you to, and try and see how it helps. So, I realised, if I stay longer, if I take some time… after that I became more consistent’,” he added.
On being requested if he felt bitter about not being chosen, Iyer gave an trustworthy reply. “I was very angry, I was rude, I always used to crib about not being selected. Then I realised it’s too much to think about. I am enjoying my life, I am enjoying my batting. At the same time, I have to enjoy my cricket. When you enjoy, you keep scoring. I just kept doing my job, that is to score runs. I knew one day I was selected,” he mentioned.
Iyer additional admitted he was not emotional when he obtained his maiden cap as he felt he ought to have acquired it earlier. “To be trustworthy, I wasn’t that emotional, after I obtained the India cap. I felt I ought to have gotten it method earlier than. Jab mujhe cap mila, I used to be like theek hai, regular. Itna kuchh really feel nahi hua mujhe,” he mentioned.